| 400 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy to Kosovo
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2007
400 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy to Kosovo
More than 400 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers will depart Minnesota within the next few days to support the Kosovo International Security Force (KFOR) and be responsible for NATO peacekeeping operations in Kosovo for one year
The deploying Soldiers are from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry headquartered in Mankato The specific units mobilized are Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Mankato; A Company in West St Paul; B Company in Rochester; C Company in Winona and Owatonna; D Company in Albert Lea; and F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion in Austin
"This mission is ideally suited for the Army National Guard because it involves two key areas we specialize in " community assistance and homeland defense,"said Maj Gen Larry Shellito, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General
The Soldiers will depart for Camp Atterbury, Indiana on Wednesday, July 18th to begin specific training, such as cultural and language studies, learning to conduct presence patrols, maneuvering military vehicles on Kosovo's narrow roads and identifying and reacting to potential hazards like landmines
Members of the media are invited to attend the departure ceremonies in each community:
10:00 am Sunday, July 15th
B Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
Rochester National Guard Armory
1715 Marion Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904
2:00 pm Sunday, July 15th
A Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
St Croix Lutheran High School
1200 Oakdale Ave West
West St Paul MN 55418
6:00 pm Sunday, July 15th
F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
Austin National Guard Armory
800 21 Street NE
Austin, MN 55912
10:00 am Monday, July 16th
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
Albert Lea Armory
410 Prospect AVE
Albert Lea, MN 56007
2:00 pm Monday, July 16th
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
100 Martin Luther King Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
10:00 am Wednesday, July 18th
Final Battalion Formation for the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
7600 Helgerson DR SW
Rochester, MN 55902
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Captain Paul Rickert
Staff Sgt Dan Ewer
July 15, F Co., 334th BSB Deploys to Kosovo Ceremony photo gallery
July 15, B Co., 2-135 Deploys to Kosovo Ceremony photo gallery
High res photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard/KosovoDeployments
Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM
DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.